Rivalries are one of the most important aspects of any sport. It not only makes it competitive but also makes it enjoyable to watch. There have been innumerable rivalries in tennis. However, the triple-headed rivalry between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is surely the finest of all times. Diego Schwartzman is just another player who is awed by the Top-3 and never fails to speak highly of them.
Following his French Open 2020 exit in the semifinals, he spoke about how different these three players are from each other. Certainly, if we closely analyze the three, the differences will be out and visible for everyone to see.
Their playing style differs, and so does their preferred venue. Diego Schwartzman admits that this makes it difficult to pick who’s the better of the three.
“I’m not going to say who is better. But I can say the most beautiful thing about these three guys are how different are these guys on court and outside the court. They are really different.
“If you see, I don’t know, the food from Nole, the food from Rafa or Roger, then how they play on court. One like play on clay, the other one on grass. You know, they are different. Also one lefty, the other one aggressive, the other one is sliding like nobody”, he stated.
Schwartzman is one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to play against the top three. He confessed that he had been extremely lucky to have earned the opportunity to play against them. Diego declared that he was looking forward to meeting them as the tours kick off.
“I think the most beautiful thing it’s for sure how different these guys are. So that’s amazing. For me is the best part to play with these guys. I’m enjoying a lot because at this time I can play against these three guys in different tournaments, so I’m enjoying a lot to see these guys on tour and playing against them.”
The Argentine faced Rafael Nadal in the semifinal of the French Open 2020. Diego was confident about his performance as he had defeated the Spaniard in the Italian Open 2020 ahead of the Roland Garros.
Although he played a great game, it wasn’t enough to snatch a win against the King of Clay. The 12-time French Open Champion eased past Diego in straight sets to book a slot in the finals of the Roland Garros.